Research Methods for Massage and Holistic Therapies

Research Methods for Massage and Holistic Therapies

By Glenn Hymel, EdD, LMT


Part I ? A Conceptual Framework for Understanding the Research Process
1. Why Research and Why Now?
2. Deductive Approach To Viewing the Research Process
3. An Overview of the True Experimental/Randomized Controlled Trial Research Method
4. A More Focused View of the True Experimental/Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Research Method: Concepts, Principles, & Procedures

Part II ? The Quantitative Research Category
5. The Difference-Oriented Research Strategy
6. The Association-Oriented Research Strategy
7. The Descriptive-Oriented Research Strategy

Part III ? Qualitative & Integrative Research Categories: Options Beyond the Quantitative
8. The Qualitative Research Category & Its Contextual/Interpretive Research Strategy
9. The Integrative Research Category & Its Synthesis-Oriented Research Strategy

Part IV ? Advancing the Massage Therapy Research Agenda
10. Advancing Massage Therapy Research Competencies: Recent Contexts & Projected Directions

Appendices: Essential "Tools" for the Research Process
A. Electronic Literature Searching: Sources & Strategies
B. Ethical Principles Governing Research in the Biomedical & Behavioral Sciences
C. Research Report Format & Stylistic Requirements
D. Measurement & Statistics as Research Tools
Glossary
Index